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  • Blog Post: Intro - living with the elephant in the room

    Let me start by saying I have had real reservations about writing a mental health blog. Whilst one side of me fully supports the case that we must all come together to overthrow the taboos around mental health, the other (less developed) side of me finds it all a bit 'teenage cliche'. I am not...
  • Blog Post: Fertility and cancer - a new phase

    A couple of months ago I began writing this blog post, it’s been put off because of not really knowing how to approach this topic. It’s been difficult to write, but thankfully with the right information I’m in control again. I had cancer 13 years ago now, at 14 years old I was told...
  • Blog Post: The early days.... going back to school Part 1

    The years following the end of my chemotherapy were a strange mix of trying to be a ‘normal’ teenager, dealing with the onslaught of puberty and dealing with the trauma my body and mind had previously experienced. Coupled with this, I had deep family issues that weren’t going to be...
  • Blog Post: The Never Ending Crippling Fatigue and My Experience Post Treatment.

    During my treatment and ever before my diagnosis I remember reading the stories of people who have overcome this vicious and relentless disease. They go on to conquer the world, looking almost like they never suffered. Or the people that easily slip back into normality as if life was simply on pause...
  • Blog Post: Ovarian Cancer

    I have not blogged for quite a while so to fill you in. I had Topotecan in May it was a weekly infusion again. At first the chemo looked like it was working then my blood count was too low every third week so would have a week off even though the dose was lowered. For the Chemo to work I needed it...
  • Blog Post: Could have been better...

    I’ve not been writing… I’ve been grumpy…. basically I’ve been awaiting a CAT scan and then the results of said scan, to find out ‘what next’. Its proper horrid when your life is up in the air and you’ve no idea how to plan for the months or weeks...
  • Blog Post: phew...only a registrar

    …so that’s okay then. That explains my overlong visit and descent into worry… the person I saw on Monday is a new(ish) and enthusiastic registrar. No wonder I was in there so long. Yesterday was R-CHOP (chemo) number 5. Having had a vomiting session the day before (very...
  • Blog Post: egads… this glass may not be totally full but actually half empty

    You know what I hate? When medical bods disagree with each other. I’m up for my 5th R-CHOP chemo on Thursday and then my consusltant had me down for a CT scan…. and after that they’d make a decision as to whether I’ll be having the rest of a 6 cylce course (ie one more...
  • Blog Post: Week/Weak 1

    I'm one week into my treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma and in all honesty not feeling half as bad as I expected. I'm aware that this will probably change and I won't be able to carry on "as normal" as I have been this last week, however I'll try to as long as I can. This week...
  • Blog Post: 2013

    Little update of what happened, even though i still dont know details. Lots of concern in me as first big batch of cancer n chemo i coped fine with, this second lot has taken my year away. In Dec they wanted to give me 5fu for the secondary sore breast that turned up after bowel shrunk. So couldnt get...
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